[Gllug] Samba & MS Windows 7

JLMS jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Sat Apr 10 15:46:10 UTC 2010

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM, Alain Williams <addw at phcomp.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> I support a system with Samba on Linux and mainly MS Windows desktop clients.
> They want a new machine - MS Windows 7 seems to be the way forwards. The current
> desktops are MS Window XP Pro; the Pro version is needed to ask them to login
> using samba (user info in LDAP).
> I guess that I am going to need to specify the Pro version.
> Has anyone any success/problem stories that I should know about.
> I note:
>        http://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Windows7
> I am running CentOS 5.4, so I will need to port samba 3.4 - not too hard.
> Oh: before you ask - Linux desktop is not really an option; although there are a couple.
> Main reason is that they need to use MS Word - lots of document exchange with versioning
> (apparently OoO doesn't do it well) + specialised s/ware.

You could actually have Linux desktops only, then install VirtualBox
and create WIndowsXP virutal machines with all the necessary Windows
software needed, That way all the infrastructure is something you can
handle and trust and your users keep their Windows software on their
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